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Science, Tech & Environment

What deteriorating air quality looks like around the world

The Chinese government announced Monday that it plans to take more than five million vehicles off the road to improve air quality, including 330,000 cars in Beijing. This announcement comes only weeks after the World Health Organization announced that only 12 percent of cities reporting on air quality meet their standards for safe levels. With the help of our newsroom designers, we put together a list of places recently affected by deteriorating air quality and incidents of smog.

Global Scan

How do you capture a drug kingpin without firing a shot?

Over the weekend, US and Mexican officials teamed up to capture one of the Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins, El Chapo of the Sinaloa cartel. And they did it without firing a single shot. Meanwhile, all the gunfire and violence in Ukraine finally forced its president from power and into hiding, but his time is running out. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

Obama's style in China

President Barack Obama has told students in Shanghai that certain freedoms were universal. It's not what the Chinese are used to hearing from their own president, Hu Jintao. Mary Kay Magistad looks at the contrasting styles of Hu and Obama.

Science, Tech & Environment

Apple sends independent inspectors to suppliers’ Chinese factories

Recent reporting by The New York Times has raised concern about the conditions faced by workers in Apple’s supply factories in China. Now Apple has hired an independent labor rights organization to inspect and publish a report on the labor environment in its suppliers’ factories. The first round of inspections began Monday.

Politics

Busy waterway

We're looking for one of the world's busiest shipping corridors for the Geo Quiz. The canal we're looking for is in the Western hemisphere.